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Lesser known Cost Blanca - The Benissa Coast

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Long established as a part of Southern Spain that offers some great value holiday homes, I’m always keen to discover the lesser known areas. For those in the middle and upper markets, desirability often comes in the form of scenery with a sense of...

Undiscovered beaches and mountains of Cyprus - an area for all budgets

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Us Brits love Cyprus and with such beautiful coastline and shared history on the island it's easy to see why. With many buyers concentrating on Paphos and the south coast as destinations I was determined to seek out somewhere new. What I discovered was...

Making a splash with a swimming pool

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When it comes to buying a holiday home in a sunny destination, access to a swimming pool ranks fairly high on most people’s wish list and if the property is a fair distance from the beach it becomes almost a necessity. But what are the things to...

Laura Hamilton's Marvellous Marbella

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As well as being one of the faces of Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’ I’m also the proud owner of a holiday home in San Pedro, close to Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol.  During the economic crisis of 2007 (which seems like a...

Buying a property on The Costa Del Sol - Why choose Nerja?

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Whilst in the area I caught up with Johan Eckerrvik a local estate agent in Nerja about what current market. Nerja like many towns along this beautiful stretch of coastline started out as a small fishing and agricultural village. Boasting some of the most...

2019 set to be a year of debt recovery in relation to Spanish Mortgages

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2019 is set to be a difficult year for Spanish property owners who are not up to date with their Spanish mortages. The banks there have started to offload their non performing loans to debt collectors who will invariably start to chase up these loans. We...

Getting things right in Cyprus

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Much of our work over in Cyprus involves helping clients who bought property with Swiss Franc mortgages so it’s good to remember what inspired them to buy there in the first place and why it still represents a great location today. 20,000 of us Brits...

A Tale Of Two Cities

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I always enjoy APITS (A Place In The Sun) live as I get to meet the viewers and lots of buyers. At the exhibitions I host a meet and greet section where I get to meet not only the viewers but also lots of genuine buyers which is an invaluable insight into...

Tenerife but no too...Tenerife?

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Think of Tenerife and you’d be forgiven for conjuring up images of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos in the south of the Island. And for good reason. These places enjoy the kind of popularity that many resorts around the world dream of helped in...

Can you have your cake and eat it?

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I recently took on a property search for a couple who were facing a familiar dilemma. They were attracted to buying a second home in Spain because of the change in lifestyle and culture but as they didn’t yet speak the  language were a little...

It's all in the Timing

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Like it or not, Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election could well go on to be seen as a masterstroke in timing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from happy with where we are in terms of our political situation but if we are to...

Brexit a buyers market?

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Banish the Brexit Blues: Let’s be honest, the market went pretty quiet towards the end of 2016. Buyers put any plans they had on hold amidst all the political uncertainty. On a positive note I’m pleased to report that I’ve spoken to a...

Forex and some things to consider

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So just 3 weeks into the year and it’s clear that Brexit is not only dominating the headlines but also the ‘headspace’ of those looking to purchase or sell overseas and will for some time to come. No longer are we just looking abroad for...

Renting Your Property Abroad

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For many, renting a property out is a key element in making their dream of buying property abroad achievable. Buyers I speak to often talk about a desire for the property to produce some income for various reasons; whether to help pay the property's...